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May 1953

1952 Year Book of Drug Therapy.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1953;91(5):692. doi:10.1001/archinte.1953.00240170118012

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The "1952 Year Book of Drug Therapy" continues in the tradition of its many predecessors, including a remarkable number of really significant contributions which appeared during the past year and avoiding most of the pot-boilers. It appears that corticotropin and cortisone are settling down into the second phase of the cycle usually traversed by new "wonder drugs." The range of clinical conditions in which they have been tried has been widened astonishingly. In this volume are reports of their use in most disorders of the blood-forming organs, arthritis, most dermatoses, mycosis fungoides, disorders of the nervous system, all types of allergic phenomena, rheumatic fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, trichinosis, ulcerative colitis, hepatic cirrhosis, radiation sickness, and many other conditions. In the majority of reports the final conclusions are the same—striking amelioration of symptoms while the drug is being administered, no permanent cure, side reactions increasing in variety and

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